“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.
-George Bernard Shaw
What a beautiful thought and a clear philosophy to live your life by. I chanced upon this in a Robin Sharma video and was mesmerized by the words and it’s call to action.
Life is about burning brightly each day. Robin Sharma in his video asks in a similar vein, what would you do if it was the last year of your life?
How can we make each day epic and burn so brightly and own each minute as a magical gift. To be completely in the moment and be a beacon of energy and positivity doing what we love with unending passion and fun.
Once in a while, I let the monk get away from his solitude and mediate with others. The energy of connected silence i find visually and emotionally uplifting.
In life too, we come across people who suddenly cross our paths, where you can immediately sense their aura, their positive energy and shared intent. Suddenly, there’s a connection like you knew them from a lifetime ago. People always carry their energy around them and this speaks way before they even utter a word.
I am exploring ways to depict meditation and self knowledge. I found a few metaphors that align with my interpretation of the process.
I am using building forms to depict the outside world and symbolize the noise of everyday life. The energy lines around the monk attempt to describe the changes and the aura that permeates from self realization and The winged eye is awareness and enlightenment. I also explored adding movement or wind as a metaphor of the positive feeling of change. I wanted the monk to have a sense of calmness, stillness and equanimity too.
What’s wonderful is that the process of drawing is transferring this sense of calm to me.
What goes around comes around. Goodwill is the most precious asset to nurture. Networking is helping others achieve their goals without expecting anything in return. The more you become a catalyst to people’s dreams and aspirations, the more the power of reciprocity kicks in. The secret is not to expect it and never to make that the reason to help.
Danny Myers has set up some of the best restaurant chains in the world including shake shack. In his book “setting the table”, he defines business so beautifully. Within these words is an ocean of ideas. In essence, this is all an entrepreneur should ever care about.
“Business, like life, is about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.”
Wow!! Superb, simple and all encompassing.
Read the book. It’s an eye opener even for people outside th F&B industry.
Procrastination is one the deadliest villains in the battle for success. Do it now! Pick the toughest and scary tasks in your job list and finish it right away! Every business book on excellence and self help books on brilliance wrestle with correcting the flaws of procrastination!!
Go ahead now and strike that job list off like its the last day of your life!!
Mohammed Ali said it so simply, and this philosophy is so apt to live life by! When success and victory are the only visual the mind can see, it’s usually what comes our way. When the cracks of self doubts erode this confidence, what comes our way is what we are afraid of.
We gift ourselves not just what we dream, we gift ourselves the dreams we truly and surely believe will come true!!
How much to protect and how much to let them experience and learn as kids? This is always the big quandary.
As kids we enjoyed the freedom and learnt so much by doing things and making our mistakes. As a parent, so often the instinct is to protect and ensure everything is perfect.
I have to keep telling myself so often, that resilience and independence are such important virtues to nurture as well. One of the key ingredients for successful living is the ability to learn to adapt and bounce back with the least scars and the maximum wisdom learnt!